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Workplace safety during New Jersey winters

With the onslaught of wintertime sales, retail stores in New Jerset become packed with customers while warehouses brim with overloads of stock to meet the demand. While this time of year is typically the busiest for many establishments, it is also a time when a close watch on maintaining safety is in order.

OSHA to raise fines to catch up with inflation

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015 has authorized the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to increase fines. This act represents the first adjustment in 25 years. Employers in New Jersey should be prepared for the costs of potential citations to rise. Inflation data from 1990 to 2015 may justify an increase of existing rates by 80 percent, and the law specifies that increases must be capped at 150 percent.

Injured temp workers create reporting problems for OSHA

The relationship between staffing agencies and employers has created gray areas of responsibility when worker injuries need to be disclosed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In an interpretation letter meant to clarify reporting responsibilities for employers in New Jersey and throughout the nation, OSHA wrote that the host employer could be required to report injuries if it engages in regular day-to-day supervision of temporary workers.

Protecting the hearing of construction workers

New Jersey construction workers may face substantial hazards to their hearing because of work site noise exposure. Construction sites are well known to be extraordinarily loud, and the din has the potential to permanently injure the hearing of all people exposed to it.

Workers at risk for hand-arm vibration syndrome injuries

New Jersey workers who regularly use vibrating tools are at risk for suffering hand-arm vibration syndrome. In minor cases, this syndrome can cause workers to experience numbness, tingling and a loss of color in the fingers. In the most severe cases, people could potentially suffer from a weakened grip due to damaged nerves and blood vessels or they could even contract gangrene.

Increasing warehouse safety in New Jersey

While a business owner may believe that warehouse safety can be delegated, that is generally not the case. If a warehouse employee is injured, the owner of the company may be liable for that person's medical bills or left exposed to a lawsuit. Additionally, the death of an employee can tarnish the company's brand and may have an impact on company morale.

Combustible dust dangers

Dust may seem like a nuisance in a New Jersey metal processing facility, but it is not something to be taken lightly. Although combustible dust incidents are rare, they can be devastating in terms of loss of property and life. Between 1980 and 2005, 281 such situations occurred in the United States, resulting in nearly 120 deaths and more than 700 additional injuries. Rules for industries that face such potential situations are created and monitored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

New workplace standards for confined spaces

New Jersey employers who do residential construction work have had the period of time for them to comply with revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules for confined spaces extended to Jan. 8, 2016. However, employers in nonresidential construction must begin complying with those guidelines immediately.

Report shows most deadly occupations

New Jersey residents may be interested in the latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries regarding the jobs with the highest number of fatal injuries throughout the United States. According to the findings, the recorded amount of fatal workplace injuries was 4,585 in 2013 and 4,679 during 2014, which marks a 2 percent increase. The report, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released in September, included the amount of fatal work injury rates per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers and a list of the civilian occupations that carry the highest deadly workplace injury rates.

Lifting platforms may be a safer alternative to ladders

New Jersey workers are often injured in falls or other types of accidents involving ladders, due to overreaching or their lack of stability. A portable lifting platform known as the JLG LiftPod is being used in many workplaces to make tasks that would normally require a ladder safer for workers and bystanders.